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Acupuncture and Pain

Alternate Names : Needling, Traditional Chinese Medicine

Acupuncture and Pain | Preparation & Expectations | Home Care and Complications

What happens later at home?

Some people feel no different after treatment. Others report feeling sleepy or a little "spaced out." It is important for the individual to pay attention to her or her reactions and allow time for the treatment to take effect.

What are the potential complications after the procedure?

The following complications may occur after acupuncture:

  • Bleeding is very rare because the needles are very fine.
  • It is common for a person to feel a little worse before feeling better. This is because acupuncture brings physical, mental, and emotional issues to the surface.
  • Any indication of infection at the sites where the needles were inserted should be reported to the practitioner. Signs of infection include:

  • redness
  • swelling
  • heat
  • tenderness

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    Author: Dr. Karen Wolfe, MBBS, MA
    Reviewer: Alison Kallman, MD
    Date Reviewed: 08/09/01

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